Around 2.5 million pilgrims take part in Hajj this year

The exact number of pilgrims was announced Saturday evening. (AN Photo/Essam Al-Ghalib)
Updated 11 August 2019

Around 2.5 million pilgrims take part in Hajj this year

JEDDAH:  The Saudi General Authority for Statistics announced on Saturday, the second day of Hajj, that the official number of pilgrims taking part in 2019 is 2,489,406.

Of those, 1,855,027 came from abroad and 634,379 are from within the Kingdom.

Some 1,385,234 of the total number were male pilgrims (55.65 percent), while female pilgrims numbered 1,104172 pilgrims (44.35 percent).

The vast majority — 93 percent — of international pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom by air, while 5.2 percent arrived overland and the remainder came by sea.

Domestic pilgrims travelled to Makkah using around 33,000 vehicles, most of which were small cars.

The final count and detailed numbers of this year’s Hajj season were announced at the end of Saturday, the Day of Arafat, which is the most important day of Hajj.

The counting process is undertaken by Hajj statistics centers located at all entrances to Makkah, as well as at other support centers in the cities of Jeddah, Taif, and Madinah.


Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 262,959
  • A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,383 new cases of the disease on Friday.

Of the new cases, 81 were recorded in Makkah, 77 in Hail, 69 in Jeddah and 63 in Riyadh.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 262,959 after 2,566 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the beginning of the outbreak.